2012 Community Helping Hands Award
The Community Helping Hands Award, given by the School Administrators of South Dakota, recognizes a school district and their non-school community partner for their outstanding collaboration in implementing a successful program, project or activity. The Miller school district and community member Chris Keeter are the recipients of this year’s award.
For the past two years, Chris Keeter has spearheaded the implementation of the Building Healthy Schools project within the Miller school district. The Building Healthy Schools project is made possible through a grant from Coordinated School Health in the South Dakota Departments of Education and Health.
Chris formed the Miller Area Health Board (MAHB) whose job is to brainstorm and facilitate a variety of activities for the school and community. The goals of the MAHB cover a wide variety of areas to promote the health of students, staff, and community members. It is not limited to physical health as the mental and social aspects of health are also addresses. Some of the activities included a “REALITY” party that allowed parents an inside look at what peer pressures teens face when at a party. A “Tell It To Me Straight” parent event focused on opening lines of communication between parents and their children in order to talk about real life decisions and pressures.
Chris also organized a walking event to encourage groups in the community to make a positive change in their lifestyle and to become healthier.
For more information on the Building Healthy Schools project contact Coordinated School Health staff at (605) 773-3261.